The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Authority has been established under PPV&FR Act, 2001 to grant Intellectual Property Rights to plant breeders, researchers and farmers who have developed plant varieties (new and extant). The PPV&FR Authority registers farmer’s varieties and also confers awards/rewards/recognitions to farming communities and farmers engaged in conservation of plant genetic resources.
A farmer also is a person engaged in agriculture, raising living organisms for food or raw materials. The term usually applies to people who do some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, poultry, or other livestock.
|Application Form||Application Fee||Requirement||Application Category||Benefits|
|Registrations of Farmer variety forms are available in English and Hindi at http://www.plantauthority.gov.in/forms.htm||NIL||Submit Seeds or propagating material of the variety being registered to the PPV&FRA||New / Extant Farmer Variety||Legal rights after registration of varieties.|
Compensation for the farmers
|Legal rights after registration of varieties.|
It is considered necessary to recognize and protect the rights of the farmers in respect of their contribution made at any time in
making available plant genetic resources for the development of new plant varieties
To accelerate agricultural development in the country, it is necessary to protect plant breeders’ rights to stimulate investment for research and development, both in the public and private sector, for the development of new plant varieties.
If any organization, private company or anybody uses the Farmer variety for production, development or breeding purposes, then the farmers has to get the benefit by being paid some percentage of the profit.
The Authority will decide the percentage or amount to be paid to the farmer.
|Compensation for the farmers||If any registered variety fails to provide performance under given conditions, the farmer or the group of farmers or the organization of farmers, as the case may be, may claim compensation in the prescribed manner before the Authority.|
Ensuring that seeds of the varieties registered under this Act are easily available to the farmers.
If the breeder of registered varieties fails to produce sufficient quantity of the variety at reasonable price, the farmer can ask for compulsory license to third party.
|Type of awards||Application form||Eligibility||Requirement||Amount in Rs. (lakh)||No of awards|
|PGS Community Awards|
Application Form: http:// plantauthority.gov. in/PGSFA.htm
Application needs to be forwarded through Chairman /Secretary of the concerned Panchayat / Biodiversity Management Committee /Concerned District Agricultural Officer /Director of research of concerned State Agricultural University /Concerned District Tribal Development Office.
|Indian group of farmers, community of farmers, particularly the tribal and rural communities engaged in conservation, improvement and preservation of genetic resources of economic plants and their wild relatives.||Shortlisted farmers has to deposit specific quantity of seeds or propagating material to the Authority||10||5|
|PGS Rewards||A farmer to be engaged in the conservation of genetic resources of landraces and wild relatives of economic plants and their improvement through selection and prevention and the material so selected and preserved has been used as donors of genes in varieties registrable under the Act.||Shortlisted farmers has to deposit specific quantity of seeds or propagating material to the Authority||1.5||10|
|PGS Recognitions||Same as mentioned in the PGS rewards|| Shortlisted farmers has to deposit specific quantity of seeds or propagating material to the Authority||1||20|
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